[JPL] Arnie Lawrence died

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Fri Apr 22 22:37:24 EDT 2005

Tenor Saxophonist Arnie Lawrence who played with
Charlie Palmieri, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry, Willie
Bobo, Elvin Jones, Louis Bellson, Tito Rodriguez as
well as many others and was part of the Tonight Show
Orchestra for Johnny Carson just died in Israel.

His greatest contribution to Jazz was being the
co-founder of the New School University Jazz &
Contemporary Music Progam

For those of you on this forum who may have personally
known Arnie, If you would like to send condolences to
his wife, Liza, she can share
them at his funeral which I think will be held on
Monday.  You can
email her at:  Ladali at 013.net.il

There will be a memorial concert for him in NY soon.

"Arnie Lawrence is a jazz saxophonist who is as
consumed with the emotional content of his music as
with technical virtuosity and rhythmic drive.  ...Mr.
Lawrence played with an intense involvement that put a
very personal stamp on his performance."
-New York Times

"Arnie Lawrence is one of the unsung heroes of the
alto sax. Arnie 'sings' his song with power-packed
passion and pyrotechnical panache."
-Chuck Berg, Journal World

"Lawrence is a wonderful saxophonist, but more
importantly, he's a truly creative musician... and
consistently makes music that blends swinging,
crooning and even mourning into a fascinating tapestry
of sound."
-New York Newsday
photo:Joan Powers

A Brief Biography...

Saxophonist Arnie Lawrence has often been referred to
as an Underground Legend. He is an immensely talented
and soulful player who leaves a lasting impression on
everyone who hears him. He is recognized as world
class Jazz musician and is the possessor of a
prodigious saxophone technique, but his true gift is
his ability to touch people through his playing,
exploring and illuminating the recesses of the
emotional palette.

Born in Brownsville Brooklyn, New York, the young Mr.
Lawrence began studying clarinet at age 11. By age 17
he was leading groups on the "Jazz Unlimited" series
presented at Birdland in New York City, where one of
his early inspirations was playing a double bill with
John Coltrane. Arnie's reputation was soon spreading
through New York and he began to work with some of the
best and most creative bands, the Frank Foster Big
Band, Duke Pearson Big Band, Charles Mingus, Thad
Jones, Mel Lewis, Urbie Greene and the Tommy Dorsey
Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson and Bill Watrous and the
Manhatten Wildlife Refuge.

Arnie made his first recording on the Chico Hamilton
album "The Dealer", with Larry Coryell, Richard Davis
and Archie Shepp and became a long time member of
Chico's groups and albums. During the 1960's Arnie was
also working with Clark Terry's Big band. In September
1967 Arnie joined The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
as featured soloist, where he performed with artists
Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, B.B. King, and Tony
Bennet. During that period Arnie also managed to
squeeze in some gigs with Sir Roland Hanna, the New
York Jazz Quartet and Helen Humes. In 1972, when the
show moved to California, Arnie decided to stay in New
York and pursue his muse. In the 1970's Arnie led his
group "Treasure Island" which included Tom Harrell,
Mike Richmond, Badal Roy, Hal Galper, Lew Sollof, and
Ray Nance. The Group performed in the US and Europe
including Town Hall in New York and the Berlin
Philharmonic in Germany. The group had an album
produced by Bob Theil, which was released in 1983.
Arnie also led a more experimental group, which
recorded several albums under the name "Children of
All Ages". The personnel of this group over a period
of several years included Roy Haynes, Richard Davis,
Grady Tate, Ron McClure, Dick Hyman, Randy Brecker and
Michael Brecker. "Children of All Ages" performed at
the Museum of Modern Art New York, showcasing for the
first time in public Robert Moog's synthesizer.

Also during the 1970's Arnie played with Dizzy
Gillespie and Stan Getz in Willie Bobo's Latin Jazz
Band, which made appearances at the Nice Festival in
France and at the Capital Jazz festival in London. In
1974 Arnie was a member of Blood Sweat and Tears and
can be heard on some of their recordings. Arnie also
continued to tour with Chico Hamilton. 1978 saw Arnie
appearing with Dizzy Gillespie and Teresa Brewer, then
embarking on a 14 month long world tour as soloist
with Liza Minelli

In the early to mid-1980's Arnie toured with both
Louis Bellson's Big Band and Elvin Jones and also made
notable festival appearances with James Moody,
Illinois Jaquet, Lee Konitz, John Lewis, Jimmy
Garrison and Lionel Hampton. During this period Arnie
composed a symphonic work entitled "Red, White and
Blues", the debut performance by the Williamsberg,
Virginia Symphony Orchestra featured Dizzy Gillespie,
Julius Hemphill and Arnie Lawrence as the soloists.

In 1986 Arnie put his performing and recording career
on the back burner and for the next ten years threw
himself into an education project that became known as
the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New
York City. As the creator and co-founder Arnie drew
the talent that would make The New School arguably the
top educational center for young musicians to study
with the masters. His teaching style is uniquely his,
drawing from his education in the aural tradition of
jazz. Arnie's students from the school are spread all
over the globe, and a short list of his well known
students includes; Roy Hargrove, Brad Mehldau, Larry
Goldings, John Popper, Peter Bernstien and Jay

In 1997 Arnie left the New School, picked up his New
York roots and moved to Jerusalem, Israel, where he
founded the International Center for Creative Music,
Jerusalem, where he currently teaches. The ICCM is an
educational facility where young Israelis and
Palestinians study music and life skills together
along with students from around the world.

Mr. Lawrence has composed material for religious
services, some of which was performed at funeral
services for both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby
Kennedy from Riverside Church (broadcast live with
Rev. John Gensel). Some of these compositions have
also been performed at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher
Hall, and at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. He also
composed music for the dedication of the new Reform
Hebrew prayer book, which was published by the Central
Conference of American Rabbis to be used in Friday
night services throughout the U.S.

Arnie Lawrence currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel.
Arnie Lawrence: Partial Discography

As a leader:
"You're gonna Hear From Me" Project 3
"Renewal" 1981. With Billy Hart, Hilton Ruiz, Mike
Richmond, Chico Hamilton, Ram Ramirez. Palo Alto
Records 8033
"Treasure Island" 1979. With Tom Harrell, DR. Jazz
"Look Toward a Dream" 1968. With Roy Haynes, Larry
Coryell, Richard Davis
"Children Of All Ages" With Bob Dorrough, Adamo
"Children Of All Ages, Just Might Turn Out To Be
Sages", Different Drummer Records
"Children Of All Ages, Inside a Looking Glass" with
Richard Davis, Dick Hyman. Embryo/Atlantic 525
"Let Me Hear You"
"Unobstructed Universe" Different Drummer Records

As A Side Man:
Marya Lawrence & Metamorphosis: "All The Way Back"
Oxygen Music Works/Zazu Records
Chico Hamilton: "The Pusher" Impulse A-9130
Chico Hamilton: "El Exigente"
Chico Hamilton: "Peregrinations" Blue Note - BNLA520-G

Clark Terry: "Big Bad Band, Live" 1974 - Vanguard
Pearl Baily "With Benny Carter" Project 3
Louis Bellson "Big Band London Scene" Concord Jazz -
Chuck Israels "National Jazz Ensemble" Chiaroscuro -
Liza Minelli "Live at Carnegie Hall" 1979 - Altel
Mark Weinstein with Chick Corea "Cuban Roots" Musicor
Int. MM4038
Gail Wynters: "Let The Lady Sing" RCA Victor
Gail Wynters: "Boogie To Heaven" Virginia Westchester
Elvis Presly "Live From Madison Square Garden"
James Brown "Get On The Good Foot" & "Hot Pants"
The Spin Doctors: "You've Got To Believe In Something"
1996 - Columbia
Beaver Harris "In Sanity" 1976
Blood, Sweat and Tears "Mirror Image" 1974 Columbia
Blood, Sweat and Tears "New City" 1975 Columbia 33484
Blood, Sweat and Tears "More Than Ever" 1976 Columbia
Doc Severinsen: "Good Medicine" 1992
Frank Vignola: "Let It Happen" 1994. Concord Jazz -
Glenn Alexander: "Glenn Alexander" 1992 Chase Music
Group CM8006
David Chesky "Big Band" Columbia
Cissy Houston "Cissy Houston" Private Stock Records
Johnny Richards "A Qui Habla Espagnol" 1967 Roulette
Jim Dawson "Elephants in the Rain" 1975
Genya Raven "Genya Raven With Baby" 1972 Columbia
Syms, Sylvia "She Loves to Hear the Music" 1978 A&M
Teresa Brewer " Live at Carnegie Hall & Montreaux,"
1978. Dr. Jazz W2X39521
Teresa Brewer with Mercer Ellington "Cotton
Connection" 1985. Signature
Ian Hunter "All American Boy" 1976 Columbia 34142
Jerry Tiltz " The New York Tapes" Both Feet Records

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